Chronologies

Japan - Southeast Asia

Chronology


: JMOD holds first Professional Airmanship Program with military officers from ASEAN member states.

: JMOD holds first Professional Airmanship Program with military officers from ASEAN member states.

: Japan-Indonesia Leaders Telephone Talk is held between Abe and President Joko Widodo.

: Japan-Indonesia Leaders Telephone Talk is held between Abe and President Joko Widodo.

: Special ASEAN Plus Three Summit on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-10) is held as a teleconference.

: Special ASEAN Plus Three Summit on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-10) is held as a teleconference.

: Japan-Singapore Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk held between FM Motegi and FM Balakrishnan.

: Japan-Singapore Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk held between FM Motegi and FM Balakrishnan.

: Motegi and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hold a telephone talk.

: Motegi and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hold a telephone talk.

: Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk held between Motegi and Marsudi.

: Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk held between Motegi and Marsudi.

: Japan and Laos sign and exchange notes concerning “The Project for Flood and Drought Management in the Mekong River Basin (2020-2023)” in Laos.

: Japan and Laos sign and exchange notes concerning “The Project for Flood and Drought Management in the Mekong River Basin (2020-2023)” in Laos.

: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a “pandemic.”

: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a “pandemic.”

: JMOD holds 4th Seminar for Air Rescue to the Vietnam Air Defense and Air Force officers.

: JMOD holds 4th Seminar for Air Rescue to the Vietnam Air Defense and Air Force officers.

: JMOD and JSDF provide HA/DR capacity-building program for Indonesian defense officers.

: JMOD and JSDF provide HA/DR capacity-building program for Indonesian defense officers.

: JMOD/JSDF conducts 3rd Japan-ASEAN Invitation Program on HA/DR with ASEAN member states militaries.

: JMOD/JSDF conducts 3rd Japan-ASEAN Invitation Program on HA/DR with ASEAN member states militaries.

: JMOD holds HA/DR Engineering Equipment program for the Lao People’s Army.

: JMOD holds HA/DR Engineering Equipment program for the Lao People’s Army.

: Japan decides to provide Cambodia, Laos, and the Philippines approximately 220,000 counter-COVID-19 items, such as isolation gowns through the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) via financial contributions.

: Japan decides to provide Cambodia, Laos, and the Philippines approximately 220,000 counter-COVID-19 items, such as isolation gowns through the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) via financial contributions.

: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

: JMOD/JSDF holds Underwater Medicine Seminar in Myanmar for doctors and divers from Myanmar military.

: JMOD holds Aviation Meteorology Seminar as part of capacity building for the Myanmar Air Force (MAF).

: JMOD/JSDF holds Underwater Medicine Seminar in Myanmar for doctors and divers from Myanmar military.

: JMOD holds Aviation Meteorology Seminar as part of capacity building for the Myanmar Air Force (MAF).

: Japan appreciates submission of the Final Report by the Independent Commission of Enquiry about human rights violations in the northern part of Rakhine State.

: Japan appreciates submission of the Final Report by the Independent Commission of Enquiry about human rights violations in the northern part of Rakhine State.

: Motegi meets with Thai FM Paramudwinai in Thailand.

: Motegi meets with Thai FM Paramudwinai in Thailand.

: JMOD/JMSDF hold a capacity building program on Underwater Medicine to the Armed Force of Myanmar.

: JMOD/JMSDF hold a capacity building program on Underwater Medicine to the Armed Force of Myanmar.

: Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (Japan-Indonesia Ministerial-Level Strategic Dialogue) held in Indonesia between FM Motegi and FM Marusdi.

: The third Japan-Indonesia Maritime Forum is held in Indonesia.

: Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (Japan-Indonesia Ministerial-Level Strategic Dialogue) held in Indonesia between FM Motegi and FM Marusdi.

: Motegi meets Philippines FM Teodoro Lopez Locsin, Jr. Both sign and exchange notes on a yen loan for “Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement Project (Second Term).”

: Japan and Vietnam exchange notes concerning provision of Japan’s grant to Vietnam on “the Economic and Social Development Programme.”

: JMOD holds a Cyber Security Seminar as part of capacity building program to the Vietnam People’s Armed Forces.

: Motegi meets Philippines FM Teodoro Lopez Locsin, Jr. Both sign and exchange notes on a yen loan for “Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement Project (Second Term).”

: JMOD holds a Cyber Security Seminar as part of capacity building program to the Vietnam People’s Armed Forces.

: Japan-Thailand Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Thailand between Motegi and FM Pramudwinai.

: Japan-Thailand Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Thailand between Motegi and FM Pramudwinai.

: Japan-Vietnam Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Working Lunch is held in Vietnam between Motegi and Vietnam’s DPM/FM Pham Binh Minh.

: Japan-Vietnam Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Working Lunch is held in Vietnam between Motegi and Vietnam’s DPM/FM Pham Binh Minh.

: Japan-Indonesia Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Japan between DM Kono and DM Prabowo Subianto.

: Japan-Indonesia Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Japan between DM Kono and DM Prabowo Subianto.

: Japan-Cambodia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held at the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Spain between FM Motegi and DPM/FM Sokhonn.

: Japan-Cambodia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held at the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Spain between FM Motegi and DPM/FM Sokhonn.

: Japan-Malaysia Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Qatar between DM Kono and Malaysia Defense Minister Mohamad bin Sabu.

: Japan-Malaysia Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Qatar between DM Kono and Malaysia Defense Minister Mohamad bin Sabu.

: JMOD/JMSDF hold a workshop on Undersea Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Clearance to Vietnam People Navy officers.

: JMOD/JMSDF hold a workshop on Undersea Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Clearance to Vietnam People Navy officers.

: Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Japan between FM Motegi and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marsudi at the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting.

: Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Japan between FM Motegi and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marsudi at the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting.

: Japan-Singapore Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held between FM Motegi and FM Balakrishnan at the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting.

: JMOD provides HA/DR capacity-building program for Indonesian defense officers.

: JMOD provides HA/DR capacity-building program for Indonesian defense officers.

: Japan-Indonesia Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Thailand between DM Taro Kono and Indonesia’s Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto.

: Japan-Indonesia Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Thailand between DM Taro Kono and Indonesia’s Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto.

: Bilateral Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Thailand between Japan and Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

: Bilateral Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Thailand between Japan and Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

:        The 22nd Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting is held in Thailand.

:  The 22nd Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting is held in Thailand.

:  Abe meets Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

: JMOD provides a HA/DR training program to the Lao People’s Army.

: JMOD provides a HA/DR training program to the Lao People’s Army.

: Eleventh Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting held in Thailand.

: Eleventh Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting held in Thailand.

: ASEAN Plus Three held in Thailand and issues Leaders’ Statement on Connecting the Connectivities Initiative. Bilateral summits between Japan and Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam are also held.

: Abe meets H.E. Halimah Yacob, president of the Republic of Singapore; and His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam.

: Abe meets H.E. Halimah Yacob, president of the Republic of Singapore; and His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam.

: Japan-Thailand Summit Meeting held in Japan between Abe and Prayut Chan-o-cha.

: Japan holds Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty the Emperor, while PM Abe meets HM Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath NORODOM Sihamoni, King of Cambodia; and His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia XVI.

: Japan holds Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty the Emperor, while PM Abe meets HM Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath NORODOM Sihamoni, King of Cambodia; and His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia XVI.

: Japan-Brunei Foreign Ministers Meeting held between Motegi and Foreign Minister Dato Erywan.

: Japan-Brunei Foreign Ministers Meeting held between Motegi and Foreign Minister Dato Erywan.

: Abe meets Aung San Suu Kyi.

: JMOD provides HA/DR capacity-building program to the Lao People’s Army.

: JMOD provides HA/DR capacity-building program to the Lao People’s Army.

: Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu meets Myanmar’s Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

: Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu meets Myanmar’s Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

: JMOD holds Aviation Meteorology Seminar as its capacity building program for the Myanmar Air Force (MAF).

: JMOD holds Aviation Meteorology Seminar as its capacity building program for the Myanmar Air Force (MAF).

: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) conducts anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in South China Sea with submarine Kuroshio and three destroyers, Kaga, Inazuma, and Suzutsuki.

: Tenth Japan-Cambodia Human Rights Dialogue is held.

: Tenth Japan-Cambodia Human Rights Dialogue is held.

: Japan-Philippines Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held between Kono and Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Lopez Locsin Jr.

: Japan-Philippines Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held between Kono and Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Lopez Locsin Jr.

: Japan-Brunei Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held between Kono and Brunei Foreign Minister II Dato Erywan.

: Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting held in Thailand.

: Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting held in Thailand.

: Japan-Cambodia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Thailand between Kono and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn.

: Kono meets Thai Foreign Minister Pramudwinai at the ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers Meetings.

: Japan-Malaysia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Thaialnd between Kono and Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abudullah at the ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers Meetings.

: JMOD holds cyber security seminar as part of capacity building program for Vietnam People’s Armed Forces.

: Kono meets Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

: Kono meets Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

: Japan-Viet Nam Foreign Ministers’ Working Dinner held in Thailand between Kono and Vietnam’s DPM/FM Pham Binh Minh at the ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ Meetings.

: Kono meets Myanmar’s Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government Min Thu.

: Kono meets Myanmar’s Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government Min Thu.

: JMOD and GSDF provide HA/DR capacity-building program for Philippines defense officers.

: JMOD and GSDF provide HA/DR capacity-building program for Philippines defense officers.

: Japan-Viet Nam Leaders’ Working Lunch held in Japan between PM Abe and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

: Japan-Viet Nam Leaders’ Working Lunch held in Japan between PM Abe and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

: Japan and Vietnam (1) exchange Memorandum of Cooperation on a Basic Framework for Proper Operation of the System pertaining to Foreign Human Resources with the Status of Residence of “Specified Skilled Worker” and (2) sign “the Treaty between Japan and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.”

: Japan holds 2019 G20 Osaka summit.

: Japan-Thailand Summit Meeting is held between Abe and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the G20 Osaka Summit.

: Japan holds 2019 G20 Osaka summit.

: Japan-Thailand Summit Meeting is held between Abe and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the G20 Osaka Summit.

: Japan-Singapore Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Japan between FM Kono and Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the G20 Osaka Summit.

: Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Japan between FM Kono and Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on the occasion of G20 Osaka Summit.

: Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Japan between FM Kono and Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on the occasion of G20 Osaka Summit.

: JMOD and Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) provide capacity building assistance (engineering training) to the Cambodian Military.

: JMOD and Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) provide capacity building assistance (engineering training) to the Cambodian Military.

: Eighth Meeting of Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation is held.

: Eighth Meeting of Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation is held.

: Japan-Philippines Summit Meeting is held in Japan between Abe and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

: Japan-Philippines Summit Meeting is held in Japan between Abe and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

: Japan-Cambodia Leaders’ Working Lunch is held in Japan between PM Abe and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, attending the signing of the Exchange of Notes on grant aid projects, “The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship” and “The Construction Support of Container Freight Station in Sihanoukville Autonomous Port Special Economic Zone (The Economic and Social Development Programme).

: Japan-Malaysia Summit Meeting is held in Japan between PM Abe and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and issues “Japan-Malaysian Cooperation—Look East Policy Revisited in the New Era.”

: Japan-Laos Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held between Kono and Laotian Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommaith.

: Kono meets Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Japan.

: Kono meets Myanmar’s Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor Kyaw Tint Swe.

: Abe meets Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Japan.

: Abe meets Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Japan.

: Japan-Laos Leaders’ Working Lunch held in Japan between Abe and Laos’ prime minister, attending signing of the “Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship.”

: Japan-Vietnam Foreign Ministers’ Working Lunch is held in Japan between Kono and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

: Eleventh Meeting of the Japan-Vietnam Cooperation Committee is held in Japan.

: Japan-Philippines Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Japan between Kono and Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Lopez Locsin Jr.

: Japan-Philippines Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Japan between Kono and Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Lopez Locsin Jr.

: Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) provides humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) capacity-building program for the Malaysian Armed Forces.

: Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) provides humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) capacity-building program for the Malaysian Armed Forces.

: Japan-Indonesia Summit Telephone Talk between Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

: Japan-Indonesia Summit Telephone Talk between Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

: Japan-Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting is held between Japanese DM Iwaya and Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen.

: Japan-Thailand Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Japan between Japanese Foreign Minister Kono Taro and Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on the occasion of the 20th Thai Festival Tokyo 2019.

: Japan-Thailand Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is held in Japan between Japanese Foreign Minister Kono Taro and Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on the occasion of the 20th Thai Festival Tokyo 2019.

: Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Vietnam between Japanese Defense Minister Iwaya Takeshi and Vietnam’s Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich.

: Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting is held in Vietnam between Japanese Defense Minister Iwaya Takeshi and Vietnam’s Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich.

: Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) holds Indo-Pacific Deployment 2019 (IPD19), conducting joint exercises in the Indo-Pacific region.

: Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) holds Indo-Pacific Deployment 2019 (IPD19), conducting joint exercises in the Indo-Pacific region.

: Japanese Defense Minister Iwaya Takeshi meets Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana in Tokyo.

: First Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (Jakarta MRT), which was built as part of Japan’s infrastructure development assistance, opens.

:   First annual iteration of a capacity-building project to enhance Japanese language skills at the Myanmar Defense Services Academy (DSA) is held.

: High-Level Dialogue on Indo-Pacific Cooperation is held in Indonesia.

: Second Japan-Vietnam negotiation on treaty on extradition is held.

: Second Japan-Vietnam negotiation on treaty on mutual legal assistance held.

:   JMOD holds an Undersea Medicine Seminar as part of Japan’s capacity-building program for the Vietnamese Navy.

: Sixth Japan-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue is held.

: Seventh meeting of the Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation is held in Japan.

: Japan FM Kono and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin meet in the Philippines and sign an Exchange of Notes concerning a loan to the Philippines on “a road network that supports the foundation of people’s lives in the conflict affected areas in western part of Mindanao.”

: MOD and JASDF hold a technical exchange on Aviation Meteorology in Japan for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar.

: JMOD and JSDF conduct second Japan-ASEAN Invitation Program on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) with all ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat.

: First Japan-Vietnam negotiation on treaty on extradition is held.

: First Japan-Vietnam negotiation on treaty on mutual legal assistance is held.

: JMOD and JMSDF officers conduct the fourth Underwater Medicine Seminar in Myanmar as part of the capacity building assistance.

: Japan-Singapore Foreign Ministers Kono and Balakrishnan meet in Japan. They sign a revised Memorandum of Discussion (MOD) for the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century (JSPP 21).

: Sixth Meeting of the Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation is held in the Philippines.

:   JMOD and JGSDF conduct HA/DR Training Program as part of its capacity-building program to the Lao People’s Army.

: ASEAN Plus Three is held in Singapore while bilateral summits between Japan and Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam are also held.

: ASEAN-Japan Summit is held in Singapore and commemorates the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

: Japan-Malaysia Summit between PM Abe and PM Mahathir is held in Tokyo, where Mahathir receives the Order of the Paulownia Flowers (Toka sho).

:   JMOD organizes third Seminar for Air Rescue as capacity-building program in Vietnam.

: Japan-Singapore Summit between PM Abe and PM Lee Hsien Loong held in Tokyo.

: JMOD and JASDF conduct Aviation Meteorology Seminar in Myanmar as part of capacity-building cooperation with MAF personnel.

: Tenth Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting is held in Japan.

:   PM Abe meets Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

: Bilateral summit meetings between Japan and Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, are held in Japan on the occasion of the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting.

: Nikai Toshihro, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party (Japan), visits Vietnam as special envoy for PM Abe to attend a state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang.

: Tenth Meeting of the Japan-Vietnam Cooperation Committee is held in Vietnam.

: FM Kono pays a courtesy call on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

: FM Kono meets State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi.

: Japan GSDF joint Exercise Harii Hamutuk 18, a capacity-building program to Timor Leste, is held, providing a Survey and Heavy Equipment Maintenance Course. Australia and the US also participate.

: Indo Southeast Asia Deployment 2018 (ISEAD 18) is conducted.

: JMOD and Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense hold a PKO seminar on Japan’s experiences in UNMISS as part of Japan’s capacity-building programs.

: FM Kono visits Myanmar and meets State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Union Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin, Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services Min Aung Hlain, and Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor Kyaw Tint Swe.

: Japan-Singapore Foreign Ministers Kono and Vivian Balkrishnan meet in Singapore.

: Japan-Cambodia Foreign Ministers Kono and Prak Sokhonn meet in Singapore.

: Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers Kono and Retno meet in Singapore.

: Japan-Brunei Foreign Ministers Kono and Erywan meet in Singapore.

: Japan-Vietnam Foreign Ministers Kono and Minh meet in Singapore.

: Japan-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting is held in Singapore.

: Japan-Malaysia Foreign Ministers Kono and Saifuddin Abdullah meet in Malaysia.

: Japan-Brunei Foreign Ministers Kono and Dato Erywan meet in Tokyo.

: Japan-Thailand Foreign Ministers Kono and Don Pramudwinai meet in Bangkok.

:   JMOD and Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) organize a technical exchange program on aviation meteorology for Myanmar Air Force (MAF) officers.

: FM Kono meets Indonesian FM Retno.

: Japanese FM Kono meets Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano in Tokyo.

: Fifth meeting of the Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation is held in Tokyo.

: Japanese Ministry of Defense (JMOD) provides capacity-building project for Vietnamese Air Defense and Air Force officers.

: Japan-Laos Summit held in Japan between PM Abe and PM Thongloun Sisoulith.

: Japan-Malaysia Summit held in Japan between PM Abe and PM Mahathir Mohamad.

:   GSDF conducts capacity building program – the use and maintenance of water purification equipment – with Royal Thai Army personnel who will be deployed to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

: Japanese FM Kono meets Laotian FM Saleumxay Kommasith in Japan.

: //www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/files/000368992.pdf">Japan-Viet Nam joint statement.

: FM Kono meets Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.

:   Japan’s Ground Self-defense Force (JGSDF) conducts capacity building program in Cambodia, providing a two-week survey training course to 17 Royal Cambodian Army Force personnel.

: Japanese Foreign Minister Kono Taro meets Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsuda meet in Indonesia.

: Ninth Japan-Cambodia Human Rights Dialogue is held.

: China’s installation of the missile defense systems – anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles – in the Spratly Islands, namely Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, and Mischief Reef, is reported by media.

: Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak expresses Thailand’s interest in joining the CPTPP.

: Agreement between Japan and Malaysia on the transfer of defense equipment and technology is signed.

: First Japan-Singapore Joint Committee Meeting on Cooperation in Science and Technology is held.

: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and US Navy conduct a joint training exercise with JDS Ise and the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea.

: Coast guards from Japan and Malaysia conduct an antipiracy exercise near Kuantan.

: Japanese Prime Minister Kono Taro visits Rakhine State, Myanmar.

: Prime Minister Abe meets Myanmar President Htin Kyaw in Tokyo.

: Sri Lanka government hands over Hambantota port on a 99-year lease agreement to the China Merchant Ports Holdings.

: Japan-Myanmar summit is held in Manila. Japan pledges yen-loan-financed projects (approximately ¥117 billion), including the Agricultural Income Improvement Project.

: The 12th East Asia Summit is held in Manila. Prime Minister Abe emphasizes the political, economic, and security contributions that the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy could make in the region.

: Japan-Philippines summit and a Japan-Brunei summit are held in Manila.

: Japan-ASEAN summit is held in Manila. Japan expresses support for positive development of the South China Sea, including the code of conduct negotiation.

: Ninth Mekong-Japan summit is held; Japan emphasizes high-quality infrastructure development based on international standards.

: The Japan-Malaysia summit is held in Manila.

: A Japan-Vietnam summit is held in Tokyo.

: President Trump visits Tokyo and discusses the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” with Prime Minister Abe.

: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits Japan and a Japan-Philippines summit is held in Tokyo. A joint statement on bilateral cooperation is issued, which reassures delivery of Japan’s ¥1 trillion aid package in the next 5 years, including contributions to the Mindanao peace process and the Anti-Illegal Drug Measures campaign.

: Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai meets Prime Minister Abe and expresses support for the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.

: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) conducts joint training with the Philippine Navy, including a search and rescue exercise involving a MSDF P-3C aircraft in the South China Sea.

: Japan-Cambodia summit held in Tokyo. Prime Minister Hun Sen expresses support for Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.

: Seventh East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers Meeting is held in Manila. Japan supports making maritime cooperation and counter terrorism priority areas for EAS. Japan and several states address the importance of the 2016 South China Sea arbitration award.

: ASEAN-Japan Post Ministerial Meeting adopts the Revised Implementation Plan of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

:   Japan-Singapore summit held in Hamburg, Germany on sidelines of the G20 meeting.

: Coast guards of Japan and Vietnam conduct joint training near DaNang.

: Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith visits Japan and a Japan-Laos summit is held in Tokyo. Japan and Laos confirm steady progress of the 2016 Japan-Lao PDR Joint Development Cooperation Plan.

: Prime Minister Abe Shinzo visits Vietnam and a Japan-Vietnam summit is held in DaNang. Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expresses support for the initiative Japan took under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.

:     Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) awards a contract to Japan’s NEC Corporation to help boost cyber-defense capabilities in Southeast Asia, establishing Japan as the pre-eminent provider in this sector.  NEC will provide cyber-attack defense training to officials from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

: Prime Minister Abe visits Vietnam.  Japan agrees to provide an unspecified number of new patrol vessels to enhance Vietnam’s maritime law-enforcement capabilities, supplementing six used patrol vessels previously supplied.  Tokyo also pledges an additional $1 billion in development assistance to Vietnam.

: Prime Minister Abe visits Indonesia. The two countries agree to advance a diplomatic and security dialogue on maritime cooperation and to pursue joint projects to develop a deep sea port in Patimban and the Masela gas fields. Preliminary discussions on a Jakarta-Surabaya rail line are also launched.

: Prime Minister Abe visits the Philippines, making him the first foreign leader to do so since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016. They sign five agreements, in areas ranging from coast guard capacity-building to low-carbon growth.

: At the second ASEAN-Japan Defense Ministers Informal Meeting in Laos, Japan Defense Minister Tomomi Inada unveils the “Vientiane Vision,” in which Tokyo will advance defense cooperation with ASEAN states more comprehensively, with particular focus on promoting the rule of law and strengthening maritime security. The initiative is Japan’s first ASEAN-wide defense framework.

: Ninth ASEAN-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting convenes in Tokyo.  Leaders from Japan and Southeast Asia advance planning on cooperation to meet the increasing threat of cyber-attacks in the region.

:      The 19th ASEAN-Japan Summit is held in Vientiane in concert with the East Asia Summit. In the joint statement, ASEAN leaders pointedly “welcome Japan’s intention to contribute more proactively in securing peace … in the region.”

:     Japan and Laos co-host the 8th Mekong-Japan Summit in Vientiane, comprised of leaders from Japan, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar. The group pledges to pursue a list of priority projects in the Japan-Mekong Connectivity Initiative.

:      On the margins of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Vientiane, Japan joins the United States and Australia in issuing a statement urging China to refrain from constructing military outposts on disputed features in the South China Sea.

: Japan provides its first capacity-building assistance to the Philippines in international aviation and flight safety.

: Defense Minister Nakatani visits Thailand to discuss deepening Japanese-Thai defense ties. Plans include a regular dialogue between the JSDF and the Royal Thai Army (RTA), and RTA observations of Japan’s “Nankai Rescue” for the first time.

:     Defense Minister Nakatani visits Myanmar and meets Commander-in-Chief Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.  He discusses support from the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) for capacity-building for the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s Armed Forces).

:     At the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Japanese Defense Minister Nakatani Gen pledges to help Southeast Asian nations strengthen their security capabilities in a speech that pointedly calls out China for its building activities in the South China Sea islands.

: In Myanmar, Foreign Minister Kishida pledges a $35.7 million bilateral assistance package, in response to State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s February request for increased aid.

: Japan agrees to lease five TC-90 planes to the Philippines, which will effectively double the range of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in maritime monitoring.

:   On a visit to Bangkok, Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio announces the three-year, $7 billion Japan-Mekong Connectivity Initiative.

: Japan provides capacity-building support to the Thai Ministry of Defense in the form of diesel engine maintenance for naval vessels.

: Japanese destroyers JS Ariake and JS Setogiri proceed to Cam Ranh Bay for an historic goodwill visit and joint drills with the Vietnamese Navy.

: Japan sends the destroyer JS Ise to multinational exercises hosted by Indonesia in conjunction with a meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium.

:   Japanese training submarine JS Oyashio, accompanied by the destroyers JS Ariake and JS Setogiri dock in Subic Bay in the Philippines for a goodwill visit and confidence-building exercise.

: Philippines Defense Minister Voltaire Gazmin and Japanese Ambassador to Manila Ishikawa Kazuhide sign an agreement for Japan to supply defense equipment and technology to the Philippines.  It is the first such agreement between Japan and a Southeast Asian country since Japan lifted its self-imposed ban on defense exports in 2014.

:   Two Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3Cs, returning home from Djibouti, stop in Danang.  It is the first time since World War II that Japanese military aircraft have landed in Vietnam.

: Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife Michiko visit the Philippines, marking the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

: The defense and foreign ministers of Japan and Indonesia meet in Tokyo in a “two-plus-two” format and agree to strengthen security and economic ties.

: At the Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi, Japanese Defense Minister Nakatani Gen and Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thahn lay out a plan for increased defense cooperation that includes port visits, equipment transfers, and joint exercises.

: Indonesian government announces it will award a contract for the country’s first high-speed railway to China rather than Japan.  Six days after the ground-breaking ceremony, Jakarta suspends the project because of “unresolved issues.”

: Japanese Diet passes legislation giving the government the authority to send forces overseas to defend allies even if Japan is not being attacked.

: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces participate with US and Philippine naval forces in humanitarian exercises off Subic Bay.

: Japan signs a Memorandum of Intent with Thailand and Myanmar on participation in building the Dawei Special Economic Zone project.

: Philippines and Japan hold second joint naval maneuvers of the year in the South China Sea.

: Philippine President Benigno Aquino visits Japan and meets Prime Minister Abe. They agree on talks on a framework for the transfer of defense equipment and technology.

: Japan Transportation Minister Akihiro Oto and Thai Minister of Transportation Prajin Juntong sign a Memorandum of Cooperation to construct a high-speed rail link between Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visits Japan and meets Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

: Japan announces a plan to provide $110 billion in aid for Asian infrastructure projects “to spread high-quality and innovative infrastructure throughout Asia.”

: Two Japanese destroyers and one of the Philippines’ newest warships conduct maneuvers involving maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, and disaster response.

: Japanese and Philippine coast guards conduct joint anti-piracy exercises in the Philippines.

: Thai government publicly announces the formation of a Thai-Japanese project to build the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar and indicates that a formal agreement will be signed in May.

: Prime Minister Abe addresses the Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia and expresses “deep remorse” for Japan’s actions in World War II but does not offer an apology.  Although it creates friction with Japan’s Northeast Asian neighbors, it has little impact in Southeast Asia.

: Sasakawa Yohei, special envoy of the government of Japan for national reconciliation in Myanmar, issues a statement praising the draft ceasefire agreement between Myanmar’s central government and the armed ethnic groups; he offers Japanese diplomatic support for a finalization of the agreement.

:   Japanese-funded Tsubasa Bridge across the Mekong River opens in Cambodia. It will strengthen transportation links in the “southern economic corridor” of mainland Southeast Asia, linking Ho Chi Minh City with Bangkok via Phnom Penh.  It is the third Cambodian bridge donated by Japan and the second Japanese-built bridge across the Mekong.

: Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Japan, his first state visit outside Southeast Asia.  He and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo sign a defense agreement to cooperate on military training and technology and agree to set up a bilateral forum on maritime security.

: Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio and Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan hold talks on ensuring maritime security, an obvious reference to the South China Sea, on the margins of the UN World Conference in Disaster Relief Reduction in Sendai.

: Japan and Laos agree to forge a bilateral strategic partnership when Laotian Prime Minister Thonsing Thammavong visits Tokyo, elevating bilateral relations from the comprehensive partnership established in 2010.

: Japan and ASEAN agree to launch the ASEAN-Japan Dialogue on Transnational Crime and Terrorism.

: Japan’s Cabinet approves new guidelines for foreign aid, stipulating for the first time that Japan can fund foreign military forces.

: Thailand Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives in Tokyo for consultations on joint investment projects.  He is the first Thai leader to visit Japan since the Thai coup in May 2014.

: The first tranche of coast guard ships promised by Japan in 2013 to strengthen Vietnamese patrol and surveillance capacity arrive in Vietnam.

: Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin makes a three-day visit to Tokyo to confer with Japanese Ministry of Defense officials on bilateral security concerns.

: Brunei Crown Prince Billah visits Japan.

: Over 300 Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force members leave for East Timor on UN peacekeeping operations.

: The first meeting on Economic Policy Support for Indonesia is held in Jakarta.

: Vice FM Sugiura visits Indonesia to attend Regional Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons, and Related Transnational Crimes.

: Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Sugiura Seiken visits Brunei.

: Japanese PM Koizumi visits Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines; Koizumi proposes “Comprehensive Economic Partnership” in his speech to Southeast Asian nations in Singapore.

: Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Japan Quadripartite Ministerial Meeting on the Development of Areas along the Eastern Part of the East-West Economic Corridor is held in Thailand.

: Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra meets Emperor Akihito and PM Koizumi in Japan.

: ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Brunei.

: Tokyo announces planned dispatch of 700 troops in March for UN peacekeeping operation in East Timor.

: Asia Cooperation Conference on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships is held in Tokyo.

: President Megawati and Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro meet in Tokyo.

: FM Kono Yohei visits Singapore, Indonesia, and East Timor.

: Regional Conference on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships is held in Tokyo; delegations from 16 Asian nations participate.

: PM Obuchi visits Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos, seeking “bridging” role between Southeast Asian nations and G-8.

: East Timor donor’s meeting is held in Tokyo; Japan pledges $100 million aid to East Timor.

: ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Manila.  Japanese PM Obuchi Keizo and Myanmar PM Than Shwe meet for the first time since 1988.

: PM Obuchi Keizo visits Vietnam for ASEAN and ASEAN Plus Three Summits; Obuchi announces “Obuchi Initiative.”

: Japan’s Cambodian election monitoring team is in Cambodia.

: Tokyo dispatches six C-130H military transport aircraft to evacuate Japanese citizens in Indonesia to Singapore.

: Foreign Minister Obuchi Keizo visits Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore; Obuchi gives a keynote speech in Singapore entitled “Japan and East Asia: Outlook for the New Millennium” and announces a $43 billion aid package to the region.

: PM Hashimoto visits Indonesia to urge newly re-elected President Suharto to accept IMF package and conditions.

: Japan resumes financial aid to Myanmar in the form of $20 million for Yangon International Airport repairs.

: Prime Minister Hashimoto Ryutaro visits Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore, proposes that Japan and ASEAN states hold regular summits and bilateral security talks.

: Japan participates in the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia election monitoring team.

: Second Japan-ASEAN summit in Manila.

: First Japan-ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur.  Then-Prime Minister Fukuda Takeo pays official visits to five ASEAN countries and Burma; Fukuda announces the “Fukuda Doctrine,” calling for cooperation between Japan and ASEAN countries, in Manila.

: Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei visits Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand; anti-Japan demonstrations break out in Indonesia and Thailand.

Date Range